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So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
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Mar 23, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010-reads, fiction, poc-author, senegalese-literature, african, female-author

Extraordinary work of epistolary fiction about two Muslim, Senegalese women whose marriages suffer as a result of their husbands taking second wives. The narrator has a complex and very believable relationship with her religious, ethnic, and sociopolitical identities, particularly evident in the ways that she balances Islam and feminism. I also love how Ba doesn't demonize any of the characters--including the husbands and the second wives--but rather has her narrator empathize with their perspectives at several points in the book.
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March 23, 2010 – Shelved
March 23, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010-reads
March 23, 2010 – Shelved as: fiction
March 23, 2010 – Shelved as: poc-author
March 23, 2010 – Shelved as: senegalese-literature
March 23, 2010 – Finished Reading
April 4, 2010 – Shelved as: african
October 27, 2013 – Shelved as: female-author

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